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If you are a deer hunter and live in Georgia, then you are truly blessed. The state is one of the best spots for hunting deer in the nation, with almost 100 Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) covering about 1,000,000 acres. In fact, no matter where you live in Georgia, you are within about an hour’s drive of prime deer-hunting territory.

The Peach State is home to about 1.2 million whitetail deer, which yield about 400,000 kills each year. Many of the bucks it produces are worthy of the Boone and Crockett Club, with 150-inch whitetails being a relatively common occurrence. There are a number of WMAs that are renowned for the size of the bucks that they produce, including Rum Creek, Berry College, River Bend and Lake Russell. If you are looking for large numbers of deer, but not necessarily the largest, then the Upper Coastal Plain and Piedmont areas are a good choice.

If you live in east-central Georgia, then take a trip to the Di-Land WMA – this is included in Field & Stream’s list of the 100 best hunts on public land in the United States. The WMA regularly posts the highest success rates for whitetail hunting in Georgia, including the best rates for mature bucks. The area is perfect deer country – there is wonderful forage and cover for whitetail, including plenty of grasses. The area is also well treed, with about 70% of it being covered in pines and hardwoods, making it a great place to set up a deer blind from Redneckblinds.com. The rest of the area is old agricultural land that has now gone to seed, providing even more forage for the deer.

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Another location to check out is the Redlands WMA, particularly if you’re looking for an extended hunting season. Unlike most WMAs in the state, which typically limit hunting to a couple of weeks, the Redlands WMA is normally open for about seven weeks during the hunting season. While the deer population isn’t as high as in some other WMAs, the area usually yields a good crop of 2½-year-old bucks – and you are likely to find even more if you head off the beaten track away from the main roads. The terrain in the area is also pleasant and varied, with undulating hills intermixing with floodplains. Much of the area is covered with planted pine trees, but there are also glorious old stands of hardwoods such as oak.

If you are from outside Georgia and thinking of coming hunting here, then there are a few things you need to know. First of all, the limit on kills is 12 per season – and must consist of 10 antlerless deer and 2 antlered deer. In addition, one of the antlered deer needs to have a minimum of four one-inch or longer points on one side. There are a number of counties that prohibit firearms hunting entirely, although bow-hunting is permitted across the state. There are also a few counties that have extra restrictions on killing antlered bucks – for example, Macon and Dooley counties both require antlered bucks to have an outside spread that is a minimum of 15 inches.

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